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Student Research Spotlight

UH Mānoa undergraduate research and creative works showcased

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa undergraduate students from all fields of study will present their faculty-supervised research projects and creative works at the Undergraduate Showcase on Friday, December 9, 2016. This free event will feature 40 presentations and posters by 50 undergraduate students in the disciplines of arts and humanities, engineering and computer sciences, natural sciences and social sciences. Presentations …

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Who built the world’s best hybrid 3D visualization system? UH students!

You could say the world’s best hybrid 3D visualization system is the apple of Noel Kawano’s eye. It should be. The masters in engineering student and a handful of others at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa designed and built the immersive virtual reality environment with ultra-high-resolution display walls. “I know every little bolt, every little nut and screw. There’s …

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Sonia Rowley wins Sir David Attenborough Award for Fieldwork

Sonia J. Rowely, post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, received the prestigious Sir David Attenborough Award for Fieldwork from the Systematics Association and the Linnean Society of London. Rowley’s work was selected based on her project entitled “Exploration and Systematics of Twilight Reef Gorgonian Corals at Pakin Atoll.” …

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Undergraduate journal Mānoa Horizons publishes first issue

Mānoa Horizons, a new peer-reviewed academic journal featuring high quality creativity, innovation and research conducted and synthesized by undergraduate students at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, has published its first issue this fall. Under the editorship of Christine Beaule, Mānoa Horizons represents a partnership among the UHMānoa’s Honors Program, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program and the honors faculty. The journal will be published annually in the fall and …

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American Studies doctoral student wins Fellowship

Leanne Trapedo Sims, a graduate student in the UHM College of Arts & Humanities Department of American Studies was awarded $20,000 for the 2016-17 Dissertation Fellowship from the American Association of University Women. Through Sims’ project, “Hawai‘i ’s Women’s Prison: The Role of the Kailua Prison Writing Project and the Prison Monologues as Expressive Pu‘uhonua” (sites of healing), she will continue her research in …

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Botany graduate student received Fulbright Grant

Ashley McGuigan, graduate student in the Biology Department at UHM, received a grant from the Fulbright Student Program, a program wherein students design their own research project and typically work with advisers at foreign universities or other institutes of higher education. Austin describes more about her research and path to this field of study: I grew up in Minnesota until I moved to …

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Asian Studies graduate student receives Fulbright Grant

Jessica Austin, graduate student in the Asian Studies Program at UHM, received a grant from the Fulbright Student Program, a program wherein students design their own research project and typically work with advisers at foreign universities or other institutes of higher education. Austin describes more about her research and path to this field of study: “I was raised in Idaho Falls, Idaho …

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Record number of women doctoral candidates awarded prestigious dissertation fellowships

Six University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa doctoral candidates, in programs ranging from astronomy to social welfare have been selected to receive the esteemed Founder Region of Soroptimist International Dissertation Fellowship for the 2016–2017 academic year. This is the largest number University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa applicants that were awarded fellowships, beating out the University of California, Berkeley and other California …

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Malaria researcher wins Manoa’s first Three-Minute Thesis competition

On Saturday, April 16, 46 graduate students representing 30 different majors and programs from across the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa campus competed in the inaugural Three-Minute Thesis competition. This event, started in 2008 by The University of Queensland, is now held at nearly 200 universities around the world, 95 of which are in the U.S. Graduate students must explain their master’s …

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English graduate student wins prestigious dissertation fellowship

Kim Compoc, a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, has been selected to receive the prestigious American Association of University Women (AAUW) American Dissertation Fellowship for academic year 2016-17. Founded in 1881, AAUW is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. …

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